Arkansas Politics

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A fourth Republican presidential candidate made his way through Arkansas on Thursday. Listen below to a report on the visit of Dr. Ben Carson.

Ben Carson

Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson touted his biography and called for a more self-sufficient, less dependent America, which he said is an “exceptional country” that, 200 years after its founding, put men on the moon.

“There’s a whole lot of people trying to get in here, and nobody trying to escape,” he said in a speech on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Democrat Dianne Curry announced she will run for the U.S. Congress in District 2, the seat currently held by first-term Cong. French Hill, R-Little Rock.

No other Democrats have announced for the seat.

Curry was elected to the Little Rock School Board in 2006 where she served three terms. She retired from state government after 27 years of service in education and the public audit of banks.

Dennis Milligan treasurer
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A lawyer representing Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan in a potential ethics complaint investigation has recused himself, citing a conflict of interest.

Benton attorney Jonathan Camp confirmed in an email that he is no longer representing Milligan. Attorney and blogger Matt Campbell filed a 113-page complaint against Milligan last week, citing 14 separate allegations of campaign finance and misuse of public resources.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission does not comment on whether complaints have been received or are being investigated.

Tom Cotton
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton says an agreement with Iran aimed at dismantling its nuclear program is instead putting the world on the path to a "second nuclear age."

The freshman senator from Arkansas on Tuesday criticized the agreement struck by the U.S., Iran, and five world powers to dismantle most of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions in sanctions relief. Cotton said he believes there's still a chance for Congress to block the deal scheduled for a vote next month, even though supporters see momentum growing on their side in the Senate.

Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, who resigned from his post on Friday, issued a statement today to address speculation on his potential political future.

Eldridge, a Democrat, has been rumored to be considering a challenge to U.S. Senator John Boozman, R-Arkansas, who is up for re-election in 2016.

Conner’s statement, issued Monday afternoon reads:

2016 GOP presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will be in Little Rock for a fundraiser Monday night. The former Arkansas governor is also celebrating his 60th birthday.

The event is an invitation only affair at Next Level Events at the Little Rock train station. Huckabee’s wife Janet and their five grandchildren are expected to be there. His campaign says there will be BBQ and birthday cake.

The threat of a nuclear Iran places the United States and countries in the Middle East in an even more precarious situation, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. told the NEA Political Animals club meeting Friday.

Cotton, who recently returned from a 10-day trip to Asia where he toured South Korea and Taipei, spoke to the group at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce office on Nettleton Avenue.

The Arkansas secretary of state's office has denied a request from the Universal Society of Hinduism to place a privately funded Hindu statue on Capitol grounds.

The Arkansas Legislature passed a law this year to place a privately funded Ten Commandments statue on Capitol grounds. Several other groups, including The Satanic Temple, have since asked to erect statues at the Capitol.

James Carville, political strategist and friend to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

A Clinton bid for the presidency brings up plenty of familiar feelings for Arkansans and an old voice is back in the state this week to help raise funds for Hillary Clinton. James Carville made stops in Little Rock and Rogers on Thursday.